Introducing AboutDFIR’s Registry Explorer/RECmd Guide

Greetings everyone! I’ve been working on a detailed guide geared towards LE/Private Sector examiners who’ve never used Registry Explorer/RECmd before as well as anyone looking to learn what the tool is all about. Learning a new tool is intimidating and can be frustrating, but hopefully this guide will make things easier. The Registry Explorer/RECmd Guide comes on the heels of the previous guides I put together recently: KAPE and Timeline Explorer . All guides, current…
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Introducing AboutDFIR’s Timeline Explorer Guide

Greetings everyone! I’ve been working on a detailed guide geared towards LE/Private Sector examiners who’ve never used Timeline Explorer before as well as anyone looking to learn what the tool is all about. Learning a new tool is intimidating and can be frustrating, but hopefully this guide will make things easier. This guide for Timeline Explorer comes on the heels of last month's release of the KAPE Guide. It can also be currently located in…
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SANS FOR508: A Review

Introduction I recently attended the SANS DFIR Summit 2020 and took FOR508 with Chad Tilbury. I elected to take the GCFA certification which I am currently preparing for and creating my index similar to how I laid out in a previous blog post. At Kroll, FOR500 and FOR508 are our daily bread and butter so I was very excited to finally take FOR508. LiveOnline Review First things first, let's cover the new format SANS is…
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Introducing AboutDFIR’s KAPE Guide

Greetings everyone! I've been working on a detailed guide geared towards LE/Private Sector examiners who've never used KAPE before as well as anyone looking to learn what the tool is all about. Learning a new tool is intimidating and can be frustrating, but hopefully this guide will make things easier. The guide can be found here. It can also be currently located in the site's recently redesigned menu via Tools & Artifacts -> Tools ->…
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DFIR Without Certs – What Books Can Help You

This has been an absolute long time coming from me, I think! The reason for this is during the crazy times we currently live in here in 2020, this is probably something I should have worked on much earlier to give folks a bit of a leg up on some reading material. Coming full circle, I feel this is something that really needs to be updated within our field. One of the few places where…
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A General Overview of DFIR Resources

Introduction The world of Digital Forensics and Incident Response (DFIR) is so expansive that it's impossible for one person to know it all, let alone a fraction of it. To combat this, one must first be aware of and second utilize the resource that's best catered to the issue at hand. There are multiple resources out there that digital forensic examiners and incident responders should be aware of.  Not all resources are created equal nor…
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My Take on Preparing for GIAC Certification Exams

Introduction SANS GIAC Certifications are highly sought after because of the technical expertise required for completing them successfully. They are not to be taken lightly and are held in high regard due to them not being a “gimme” for the test taker. If you do not prepare, your score will reflect that and you risk not passing. The stakes are high due to the cost of the certification ($789 per attempt as of this writing…
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Magnet User Summit 2019 Impressions

I wanted to make a quick note to start the blogging back up again (yes, I know -- don't judge me!) by discussing a recent Digital Forensics Summit that took place during the first week of April here in the United States. While there is some bias to this since both Devon and myself did present at the Summit, there is in no way, shape or form any endorsement or payment from Magnet for what…
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SANS SEC401 – Comprehensive Review

To get started in InfoSec, One must drink from the fire hose eventually  First, I want to apologize for the very late and posts over the last month or so. My life has been a little chaotic bouncing between a few different things and I went on holiday for a few weeks and was told no laptop :). But alas. For this post, I wanted to jump into something that has been very near and…
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Dissecting Official Reddit App, What Your Tools Don’t Tell You

Sometimes, Some Light Reversing is in Order! Reddit in general So this is probably not new to much of the readers of this blog, Reddit is kind of a big deal at this moment in its lifespan. For those who do not know though, Reddit is a social media platform that touts itself as the "Frontpage of the Internet"  What makes this social media platform so much different than say Facebook or Twitter -- is…
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So You Want to Get into DFIR? Social Media Edition

Posting 365 days straight is definitely a lot harder of a challenge than you would think! Even with scheduling, time just gets away from you. With this blog, I wanted to at least give my own opinion on something that could have some grave consequences against you as a DFIR specialist: Social Media. This was inspired by a post I saw on LinkedIn from a colleague who is a Senior Forensic Examiner within the public…
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So You Want to Get into DFIR? Public Sector Edition

So you've decided to go into the Public Sector for your Digital Forensics job? That is you've passed the rigorous background checks and the long awaited clearance background if you're going to a Federal entity. Awesome! What you'll probably see is that you'll already have some sort of training program put into place to get you going. On top of that you'll be working closely with folks who have "seen it all, done it all"…
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So you want to get into DFIR?

For this week, I felt the need to touch on things for those who are looking for their pathway towards InfoSec, particularly with Digital Forensics & Incident Response.  So this will be a multi-part posting through the week with each day a different aspect. My hope is those who are looking to get into it will get something out of it, and for those within it may consider some things they had not yet...especially if…
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